Ending January With Another Hodgepodge…

As the first month of 2018 comes to an end, I find it’s time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  Here they are:

1. Speaking of endings….at your wit’s end, at loose ends, a dead end, burn the candle at both ends, all’s well that end’s well, or no end in sight…which ‘end’ phrase might best be applied to your life lately? Explain.

No end in sight because every day is filled with continuous animal chores–no matter what.  Ed and I begin [and end] every day by feeding and caring for the six chickens, nine cats, and a pond full of goldfish who depend on us.  The chicken coop must be cleaned daily, and eggs collected.  The chickens have to be let out, then shut back up at the end of the day.  Twice daily, Ed has to drive a quarter of a mile down the road to feed/care for “Trouble”, the cat.  The fish must be fed, daily, and the pond filter has to be cleaned.   No matter what the weather is, or how bad we may be feeling– these chores have to be done.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it keeps moving and busy, but, sometimes, I think it would be nice to be free of the responsibility for a little while.

2. What was a must have accessory when you were growing up? Did you own one? If so tell us what you remember about it.

I’m going to say “boots” because boots were very popular when I was in high school (along with “mini skirts”, “scooter skirts”, and “hot pants”).  I had two pairs of boots–a white pair of  “go-go” boots and a black pair of “granny boots”.  The “granny boots” were my favorites… and, yes, I also owned a couple of “mini skirts” and some “hot pants”, as well.

3. Something that made you smile yesterday?

Spending some time with old friends, Herman and Diane.  (Diane is recovering from recent foot surgery.)  While visiting, Herman told a couple of very funny stories that made us all laugh–a lot!  Herman is one of those people who always has a funny story to tell.

4. January 30th is National Croissant Day. Do you like croissants? Sweet or savory? We’re having chicken salad for lunch…would you rather have yours served on a croissant, a wrap, a bagel, bread, or a roll of some sort?

I don’t recall ever eating an actual croissant, but I’ll bet I’d like them.  I usually eat chicken salad on bread or crackers.

5. Sum up your January in fifteen words or less.

We had good visits with family & friends, some good times, and enjoyed some beautiful snow!

These snow men lasted almost a week!


Life has been busy, and time is passing quickly!  Ed and I made two out-of-town trips, last week, and have already made two more out-of-town trips, this week.  Two of those trips involved visits with family and friends, which we really enjoyed.

Today, I plan to pack away the snowmen  who have been decorating the shelves in our living room, and replace them with some Valentine’s Day decor.  Soon it will be time to start planning our spring garden, as well!  In the words of the old Tracy Lawrence song, “Time marches on…”

As January winds down, I’ll leave you with one last snow picture.  This is our youngest grandson, Evan, making his first “snow angel”.  I think it’s safe to say that Evan loved the snow!



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  1. When I answered about accessories I forgot about mini skirts. And the body suits we wore with them. Oh my they were uncomfortable!
    It looks to me like you had more snow on the ground than I do right now! But, thank you very much you can keep it!

  2. Wow! Kathy – you’ve got a lot of chores in the AM! We both said the same thing about the go go boots!! Have a wonderful week.

  3. You said the magic word – Spring garden. It warms my heart on a day I awoke to 12 degree temps outside.

  4. Evan is the cutest! Great pic. I did not wear mini skirts or hot pants until I moved away from home as my Dad was strict about that. Just getting my dog to go potty in the cold or wet weather is tricky, so I can’t imagine taking care of other animals outside.

  5. Love those snow photos 🙂

  6. I am obviously the old woman in this group with my 50’s accessories and you young gals with your mini skirts and go-go boots. I told Joyce that this was such a fun question to read answers to. I never lived on a farm so cannot begin to understand that the job never ends. But where would we be without faithful farmers. Thank you.

  7. What a great picture of your Grandson. Yes animals can be lovely but they are hard work too. I’m glad I’m past caring about fashion these days I cringe when I think back to my mini skirts and hot pants days lol

  8. There is so much joy in your grandson’s face that it fed my soul!! The innocence of children!! I enjoyed reading your HP!! I’m late, but catching up!

  9. Grandchildren are such a blessing. Evan looks so happy. You have been busy with all your trips and the daily chores. Thanks for your kind words. I wish you good health and a blessed week.

  10. My daughter’s in-laws have some animals and they are a commitment for sure. Hot pants! I loved them! Course my legs were like toothpicks back then so the effect was pretty tame : ) Have a great weekend!

  11. That picture of Evan. Cuteness overload! I understand the feeling that being free of responsibility would be nice even if just for a minute. I try to keep in mind what my husband’s grandmother always said, “If you sit down, you’ll get rusty.” My SIL’s dad always has funny stories that have me rolling. His wife just rolls her eyes which makes it even funnier. LOL Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Love the snowmen, so cute! Adorable photo of Evan. I love a snow angel…..

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